~March 3, 2012~
I keep neglecting this page... and all my other pages... oops! Anyway, I have yet another devotion, straight from the heart of God, and it's on Isaiah 51:16.
"I have out my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand– I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth,
and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.' "
This verse is saying that God puts his words in your mouth, He protects you with His hand, He says to you, "You are mine". Isn't that amazing to think that God is telling you that you are his? He "who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth..." He who made you unlike any other person, who loves you personally and unconditionally, who loved you so much that he took your sin on the cross, and died... just for you. It seems like no one understands even the smallest bit of God's love for them, so they don't bother with finding out how deeply he loves them. He leaves little hints (like in this verse) to how much he deeply and passionately loves us in the Bible, we just have to search for them.
~October 19, 2011~
It's been so long since I wrote on this page, or even on this blog. I started writing on the blog 3 days ago, after 2-3(?) months. God has taught me so much and I want to share with you what He has been doing. I'll do it in sections though, there's too much to fit into one devotional.
A friend and I started a Bible Study with a few of our other friends (that was a little confusing). As we were talking, I realized all of us had trouble with reading our Bibles or with spending time with Jesus... well, most of us had trouble. So in the midst of trying to find a solution to this problem Jesus decided to teach me some stuff . Here are 3 things I learned:
1) God gave us the time that we have. We use it, but sometimes don't give any of it to God. That's not right. We are withholding from Him when he gave everything to us .We aren't our own.
2) He wants us to spend time with him. Really he does. We were made to glorify him... are we glorifying him by ignoring him?
3) The Bible was meant to be read. It's the instruction book for a righteous life, not just a story book. It's a love letter. When we read the Bible we start loving God more, when we love God more, then He gives us a desire to read the Bible, His word. I hope this made sense and encouraged you to read your Bible more. :)
~July 25, 2011~
I went to our church's camp and learned an amazing thing. Well, more than one amazing thing... :D If you speak in tongues you have been blessed with and given an AMAZING gift. I have that gift, and let me tell you, I will never neglect it again! A spiritual mentorish woman in our church told my friends and I that we needed to pray in tongues all the time. I wondered why, but before I could ask her, she explained. Even though alot of people want to pray for everyone in the world in a personal way, they just can't. By praying in tongues at all times, you are personally praying for someone. You are releasing things in the heavenlies, and you are winning the battle. Isn't that cool. So today, I wanted to try it out. I went into the store to get something for my brothers, and the first person I saw, I have a strong desire to pray for. But I didn't know what for, so I started praying in tongues. Soon, I felt like I should bind Satan, cover myself in prayer, and put a shield over me. So I walked through the store praying. Although I didn't pray out loud, I prayed in my head. (God told me I could.) I thought it was pretty cool, so I had to share it. :D If you don't really believe that God gives spiritual gifts to people, you should take the Bible even more literally and you should read 1Corinthians 12. If you don't believe that one part of the Bible is true, then you might as well throw away the whole thing. I believe every bit of the Bible, not only because I have felt, witnessed, and heard of God moving in amazing ways, but I have tasted and seen a little bit of who he is, and I want more. (Bunnyish trail...) If you don't really understand what I'm talking about leave a comment on any post or page and address the subject. With God, I'm sure I can answer your question (s) :D
~June 26, 2011~
I have been reading through Acts and it is alot of reading. I am not really getting too much spiritual growth out of it, but more of historical knowledge. The funny thing is, is that my youth group is going through Acts too. One thing that I realized is that when Saul gets blinded on his way to Damascus, God tells Ananias to go and pray for him to be healed. Ananias was afraid of being killed, but he trusted and obeyed God. Because of his obedience and faith, Saul was used by God in such a powerful way. He later wrote a lot of the New Testament. Just think, whenever you obey God, you may be opening a huge door for others to come to Christ. Even though some things that God calls you to obey him in are extremely difficult, it is for a purpose.
~ June 4th, 2011 ~
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I love these verses! However, just recently I heard a different perspective of these verses. If the Bible says that God is love, this is not something that we have to be or do. It is something that God is. This was so eye opening to me, because I know I can't love like this. But God is this. And He shows me this. If we strive to be like God, and we keep our eyes on God then we will be able to love like this.
4 God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. 5 God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. 6 God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
This is Who I see God as, and who I know he is.
(NOTE: I put God's name instead of love in these verses.)